By George Overhill

18th Mar, 2023 | 7:48pm

Ellis Simms was hailed as “unbelievable” by Sky Sports pundit Karen Carney for his late, late equaliser for Everton in the draw at Chelsea.

The Toffees striker came off the bench for the final 10 minutes at Stamford Bridge and repaid Sean Dyche with his first goal for the club in the 89th minute to snatch a crucial point in the capital.

The 22-year-old surged round Kalidou Koulibaly and fired a low finish under Kepa Arrizabalaga to silence the home crowd and make it 2-2, leaving Carney wowed by what she saw.

Reacting live on Sky Sports to scenes at the final whistle (18 March, 7.27pm) she said: “Oh wow. It was an unbelievable finish. The turn as well, the power, the strength and then the composure, especially so late in the game.

“The confidence now in Ellis Simms will just be through the roof in everyone around him, and rightly so. It is a massive point for Everton. Huge.”


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With Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s ongoing injury problems and Neal Maupay’s struggles in front of goal Everton have been crying out for an answer in attack, and now maybe they have found one.

Simms was supposed to be continuing his development on loan at Sunderland this season until Frank Lampard called him back as an emergency addition in January.

He was handed a surprise start in the Merseyside derby on 13 February by Dyche, but hasn’t been given extensive opportunities to make a difference since.

But he certainly did against Chelsea, and is sure to be in line for some greater involvement after his vital first strike secured a point.

With Leeds winning at Wolves and Southampton coming back to draw against Spurs it was all the more important to take something from this game in the tightest of relegation battles.

The revival is very much on now with Dyche managing to add some fight away from home to the vital 1-0 wins at Goodison Park, and the Toffees head into the international break a couple of points and three places outside of the drop zone.